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Agartala: Hundreds of houses in several parts of Tripura were damaged as rainfall and thunderstorms accompanied by lightning lashed the state in the last 24 hours.

Government officials said the extreme weather completely destroyed over 11 houses. While 55 houses were severely damaged, 122 others were damaged partially across all the eight districts of Tripura.

Incessant rains since Tuesday night continued till late on Wednesday, affecting normal life. While regular officer goers faced serious hindrances due to the rain and thunderstorm, schools and colleges recorded less attendance. The administration has so far paid an interim relief of Rs 30,000 to six families.

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Meanwhile, Udaipur district-level book fair was also concluded after about 20 bookstalls were ravaged by the heavy storm.

Speaking on the issue, Tripura Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Sushanta Chowdhury said, “As you all know, the information and cultural affairs minister has been organizing district-level book fairs this year. This is for the first time, the book sellers have incurred such a big loss but it is also a fact that we don’t have any control over the natural calamities. I have spoken to the District Magistrate of Gomati to make sure that the affected book sellers get some compensation from the state disaster relief fund.”

Reports of heavy damage came from places like Bishalgarh, Sonamura, Belonia, Udaipur, Karbook etc. However, there were no reports of any major storm-related damage in West Tripura and Khowai districts even as electrical snags and breakdown in internet services engulfed parts of Agartala city.

The storm also brought down a big tree in front of Jagannath Bari temple at the heart of Agartala city, bringing regular traffic through the street to a complete standstill. Meanwhile, according to the meteorological department, thunder showers accompanied with gusty winds are very likely to make landfall in isolated areas of all the districts of the state.

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